In an opinion piece for The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio state Representative John Becker wrote in response to a May 13 piece titled “Doctors criticize flaw in lawmaker’s anti-abortion bill.”
Becker clarified some points surrounding House Bill 182, which ensures that Ohioans' conscience rights extend to the coverage of abortion under insurance.
The May 13 story included this quote from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): "[A]n ectopic pregnancy cannot move or be moved to the uterus, so it always requires treatment.”
To verify this claim, Becker reached out to Daniel Grossman, director at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Grossman replied, "Unfortunately, a few case reports in the medical literature are not sufficient to determine that a procedure is safe and effective – or even possible – especially when one of the publications is over 100 years old. This is not at all standard medical care and is not included as a treatment option endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists."
Becker then concludes that Grossman says that this procedure not standard care, not that it cannot be done. Thus, House Bill 182 technically covers a procedure that does not exist yet because it has not been standardized.
Specifically, Becker claims that “HB 182 specifically allows for transferring an ectopic embryo into the uterus and defines that procedure as not an abortion. It’s a permissible procedure, not a mandate. Additionally, this bill is forward-looking regarding medical advancements.”